Dashing in on a last-minute flight from Atlanta to his hometown Detroit on Sunday, Eminem arrived at the house of a terminally ill teenager just in time for the two to sit down and speak about their love of hip hop and the Detroit Lions, just hours before the boy died.
Gage Garmo, who has been fighting Osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer, passed away on Monday, but his parents praised Eminem for granting their son a very special last wish.
Gage’s parents Tina and Ghais and his younger sister talked about the moment the two met, describing it as a “very special and very quiet at the same time”. Gage and Eminem spent two hours together and the rapper left just before 8 pm On Sunday, as quietly as he arrived. Ingrid Todt of charity Rainbow Connection, which arranged the meeting told The Detroit Free Press:
It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. The stars aligned, and Gage’s wish came true.
Eminem requested that only one condition of their meeting be met: that no media were present, as the rapper didn’t want them swarming the Garmo household. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Gage Garmo (right) met rap superstar Eminem (left) on Sunday evening and sadly passed away on Monday.
2. Gage with his father Ghais and mother Tina Garmo and his younger sister, during his three-year battle with cancer.
3. Eminem arrived at Gage’s house amid tight secrecy and did not want the visit publicized beforehand.
Eminem hid his car in the Garmo family’s garage, The Detroit News reports, but when the Rainbow Connection revealed the meeting later on social media, word got out. Gage’s friends and classmates had used social media to spread his wish to meet the 42-year-old hip hop star, his music hero, after the boy learned last week that he had just days left to live.
They started a hashtag, #GetGageGarmoToMeetEminem and the rapper promptly stepped up to visit the ill teen, whose family live just 20 minutes from the star’s house. Todt said:
Gage sat up with a grin on his face. His family hadn’t seen their son do that in such a long time.
Gage was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma three years ago, when he was a freshman at Rochester High School, according to his GoFundMe page, and fought it with multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgery.
His leg was amputated last year and his cancer turned terminal when it passed to his lungs and his body began to shut down.
4. Sports fan Gage poses with a big smile on his face alongside a girl from Hooters, while he stands side-by-side one of his heroes from the Detroit Lions.
5. When it became clear that Gage had only days left to live, his friends banded together to tell him what they thought.
6. On Monday night after his death, Gage’s friends held a candlelight vigil for their brave friend.
And here is the video report:
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